Most of the night was what you might call "bad news", with George laying out patiently the choices that will be faced by people of faith if the Mandate becomes Law. And the Mandate aside, George notes that we will soon be at a point when serious Christians and others will be seen as "bigoted" and not fit for trustworthy employment simply because we insist that marriage is "conjugal"; and likewise will be seen as "anti-woman" when we point out that abortion takes a human life. Such a perception by the civil society will bring about loss of friends, careers, and worse. "How can you be Catholic when your Church is so bigoted?" will be the inevitable question that is put to us in casual conversation.
"The time of the Comfortable Catholic is over," George notes.
But while he began with bad news, he ended on Good News - literally the "good news" of the Gospel.
Below is the story of the Rich Man who had Many Possessions from Mark, chapter 10. I have inserted, in bold, Professor George's comments, his "exegesis", as best I remember them. It was his encouragement to us in the dark days ahead. And resounding encouragement it was. I have heard few homilies as stirring as this.
For this is a parable for how we must proceed in the Dark Days ahead. Again, George's comments are in bold - and they do indeed embolden!